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Sue Parker admires outstanding qualities of some late developers

The period between December and the end of May is my favourite time to be in the Algarve. The protracted spring, which...

Sue Parker discovers that butterflies were light years ahead of the boffins

The brilliant flash of light as a Swallowtail butterfly flutters by could have been – maybe should have been –...

Snails are found everywhere and whilst most gardeners dislike them, here in Portugal instead of being a pest, snails are a culinary delicacy. June is the month when snails appear on menus and a...

Sue Parker explores links between cultures and cultivation

Many of us define culture in terms of art, films, theatre performances and museums – so called ‘high culture’. There is no doubt...

Sue Parker pays tribute to an Algarve gardener

A bellow of infectious laughter signals the proximity of Rosie Peddle, long before you catch sight of this dynamic bundle of enthusiasm in...

Our garden has always had lots of swallows but none ever nested until last year. With plenty of outbuildings on our farm, they chose instead to build their nest right above the front door where...

Change: it’s what made the present so different from the past and will make the future quite unlike the world we know today. Whether we like it or not, some changes are either unavoidable or...

Sue Parker reconsiders the term ‘weed’

The Mediterranean isn’t just a sea or a region; it’s also a biome - an area defined by its climate and the communities of plants and animals that live...

Sue Parker ponders the prospects of endangered species at Ria Formosa Nature Reserve

In the seemingly endless battle between people anxious to preserve the best of the Algarve’s natural...

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